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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Google

Google teamed up with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, owner of the Carmen Sandiego brand, to bring the “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” franchise to the internet, with “The Crown Jewels Caper.” Available on the Google Earth app, it’s very similar to the original 1985 game where the user travels to international landmarks, interacts with locals and collects clues to track jewel thief Carmen Sandiego’s next location. Players will have opportunities to learn about geography and different cultures along the way. Read more for a short playthrough video if you’d like a preview before trying it out yourself.

Interesting Google Earth Sightings
Photo credit: Imgur via Bored Panda
Google Earth has been around for quite some time, but its users are still finding interesting sights from around the world, like this marina in Milwaukee with some winter ice breaking up. “This is my favorite. It’s a marina near Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). The winter ice is in the process of breaking up. I don’t know why, but this is very visually appealing to me,” said this anonymous Google Earth user. Bored of Earth? The computer program also has globes for the Moon and even Mars as well as a tool for viewing the night sky. Read more to see additional sightings.

Hyperlapse Google Maps

Photo credit: Matteo Archondis via Peta Pixel

Graphic design student Matteo Archondis created an incredible visual hyperlapse tour of the world using 3,305 screenshots that were taken entirely within Google Maps. It took him 2 days of work to compile all of the images, and then he spent countless hours over a week editing them together. “Thanks to the developer tools of Google Chrome, I was able to remove all the items that interfered with the user experience. I also removed the labels so that the final image could be as clean and realistic as possible, so that I could concentrate on the camera movements as if it was in real life,” said Archondis. Continue reading for seven places you aren’t allowed to see on Google Maps. Click here for a few bonus images of sights captured on Google Street View.

Bondi Beach

When viewed from space, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia looks like a painting – for those interested in checking it out just copy and paste these coordinates into Google Earth 33°53’28″S 151°16’40″E. Benjamin Grant says: “Overview of Bondi Beach in Sydney. One of the city’s most popular destinations, the beach gets its name from the Aboriginal word ‘Bondi’ that means waves breaking over rocks.” Continue reading for more.

Heart Island

Wasting time browsing random places on Google Earth isn’t too unusual, but while randomly zooming in on different parts of the world, this person came across something that really stood out. If you guessed a heart-shaped island, you’d be correct. It’s located off the coast of Croatia, and if you scroll past the coast of the Adriatic Sea, you can become a virtual tourist yourself. Continue reading to browse the interactive map and for more pictures.

At first glance, this just looks like any road you’d find in the Swiss mountains, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that there’s something in the sky. While some say it may be a sign, we can’t even begin to guess what was blurred out. You’re free to play around with the interactive map above. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very talkative baby that has a heated discussion with her father.

Could this object be an alien spaceship nestled under the dust of the moon, or a secret moonbase occupied by humans? Speculation has arisen over new controversial images of a new triangular anomaly, spotted on Google’s map of the moon, which has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge that have been likened to an alien base or spaceship. Continue reading for a video and more information.